The Allen Lumber company is one of the oldest family owned business in the state of Vermont, getting it's start during the building boom of the late nineteenth century, brought on by the flood of immigrants drawn to Central Vermont by Barre's fledgling granite industry. It was 1888 when Stillman Allen, along with a cousin, founded the Allen Lumber Company in an old general store in Barre.
It was 1888 when Stillman Allen, along with a cousin, founded the Allen Lumber Company in an old general store in Barre. It was six short years later when according to Barre's Historical Souvenir, Allen Lumber had in the last three years-without doubt sold more lumber than any other retailer in the state. Stillman Allen would take his company into the next century, until his retirement in 1918.
All five brothers have an active roll in today's Allen Lumber. Gary Allen serves as president, Burnie as treasurer, Paul and Tom as vice-presidents, and Steven as the company's secretary. In addition to being officers of the company, each brother handles a different segment of the company's day-to-day operation.